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Greeting The Night by Elandria Greeting The Night by Elandria
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EDITS.....
Thanks to those of you who have posted your critique, from those I've done some edits which include:
:bulletgreen: removing a stray blade of highlighted grass that was making some of the shadowing look like it had a sharp edge
:bulletgreen: desaturating the shadows
:bulletblue: removing the blue planetary atmosphere effect from the closer planet and replacing it with a paler one to better match colors throughout
:bulletblue: tone down the saturation slightly of the overlay clouds to help them blend better into the environment
:bulletpurple: Altered colours on the rocks in the foreground
:bulletpurple: Redefined large planets atmosphere

:bulletblue: I will post a "develoment" .gif of this later in the week. I took screenshots mom!! :D ^^;
STEP BY STEP HERE:


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Stock used with many thanks
Planets: [link] by ~DeathCl0ck and [link] by ~Stock7000
Monument: [link] by ~pedjalayastock
Priestess: [link] by =lusete
Sky/Clouds: [link] by ~ManicHysteriaStock
Landscape: Little Mountain Sunset by boogy man on SXC

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Thanks for looking! I won't tell you how long this has been sat on my hard drive *cough* Its probably not perfect, but I kinda like it :) :heart:
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:iconnolamom3507:
Lovely composition and terrific color palette. I particularly like the semi-transparent planets/moons with their suggestion of a textured surface rather than just a nondescript smoothness. The eye is drawn to the slashes of red in the streamer-like flags blowing in the breeze. This compliments the draperies of the female character with her arms raised in a sort of mystical communion with the sky. The peach clouds and sun low on the horizon suggest change of day. The horizon fades into the sky beautifully. The foreground rock compliments the distant hills/mountains very nicely.

The overall lighting lends a definite warmth to the scene. Where the sun kisses the pillars, the loss of distinction is just right. I love the subtle light rays, not overpowering at all. The shadow cast by the stonework is nicely darker at the base and fades somewhat further away to the foreground. One comment about the shadow, however. There is one particularly sharply-defined edge on the left side middle. You might want to blur that a bit like the other shadow edges.

Overall impression is one of great strength. A strong landscape with an imposing, but not overwhelming, focal point. A very enjoyable piece.
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:iconkuschelirmel:
[I hate those star ratings, so please disregard them]

What I absolutely love here is the composition and the atmosphere the strong lighting creates. The eye is immediately drawn to the figure and the red flags fluttering in the wind are a beautiful touch, too!

On a technical level, the lighting doesn't look quite convincing. The shadows on the monument are okay I think, but the ones cast by it feel too saturated and the contrast seems to be too much. Also, their blur should be more the further away from the monument you get - so especially where the monument touches, the shadows should be very crisp. If you're using a newer Photoshop version, you can try the lense blur filter to get the blurriness right (though it may take a few tries). Also, something about the shadows in the bottom right corner of the image bothers me, but I can't put my finger on it. Maybe too blurry, too?

The planets are a great idea for giving the sky some more interest, but the one in the foreground seems to be starting too abruptly and not with the horizon line, either. Maybe if you pushed it down a bit and used a softer transition, but you'd have to try and see if that works. Also, the blue atmospheric halo feels kinda off - like the planet should be blue-ish, too or the halo should be more yellow/orange/brown.

Lastly, the clouds giving another layer of distance is a good idea, but the clouds themselves feel like they don't quite fit which is probably also due to their colour mostly. The sun gives off this strong yellow light, so the clouds should be dark (gray or gray-blue) on the sides facing away from it and yellowish white on the sides that face the sun (I think). Also, it's a bit difficult to judge whether clouds in front of the planet should be receiving a shadow from the planet - that would depend on the sun's position in relation to the planets (which you'd have to decide). But if the sun were "in between", then the planet might need to be a bit brighter to the left, too.

Okay, I'm gonna stop now, I'm starting to blabber with a lot of "maybes" and "ifs" - I still hope this helps! :love:
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:iconntgreen:
NTGreen Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning! :hug:
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Luna-Fantasma Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your artwork is magnificent and wonderful, I dont understand why you dont have this one as Daily Deviantation! :D :D
I recommend you to this group: :icondaily-deviations:
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Elandria Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Its kind of you to say so, however being a current community volunteer it would be a little self serving for me to be part of a group like that when I actually choose DDs ;)
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Luna-Fantasma Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh! So, you choose DDs! Oh, understood. Well, when I saw this one I thought it was a DD, it's so wonderful, I have it as a wallpaper and I cant believe you answered me, mainly the DDs choosers dont answer. At least I wasnt the times I asked hehe ^^; Thank you, hugs :tighthug:
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Elandria Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
;) No problem!
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Amazonofexeter Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very pretty!!
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D Fanks!
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Aeon-Silence Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, aboslutly beautiful!!!!

This makes me feel so peaceful.

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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing piece, very beautiful :heart:
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Most welcome :D
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WNaturalism Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Very impressive and so atmospheric artwork!!! Brilliant work!!! love it!!!
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
:)
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DJMadameNoir Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful!
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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density-stock Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Very good and very smooth - well done
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
THanks!
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FantasyMaker Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thats really impressing Lanny! :D
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you sweety!!
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ArashiDarkeFae Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
oh yes - I kinda like it, too!! Beautiful and peaceful.
Nice work! =)
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Wow! Incredible. :heart:
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!!
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MerlinsArtwork Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is beautiful, love the tones and colours :)
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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MerlinsArtwork Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're most welcome :)
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gabiiixyo Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
This is great and fantastic!
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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WolfSorcerer Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful ambience and use of spaces within the image. :clap: :+fav:
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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monamalik Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful:)
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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monamalik Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012   Digital Artist
I love the composition of this. The landscape you've chosen is beautiful, but your lighting and the splash of red, really brings this to life, and the planets give the piece depth. :love:
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!! :hug:
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SecretDarTiste Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very lovely :clap: :wow:
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Carmen-Ioneanu Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Wow...amazing scenery and work! Love it! :heart:
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Carmen-Ioneanu Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
My pleasure! :hug:
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Nolamom3507 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Featured here [link]
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks ever so much!
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Ferelwing Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your lovely work featured here [link]
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!!!
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Ferelwing Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:huggle: You're very welcome!
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Neighya Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful Light and shadow work.
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Le-Regard-des-Elfes Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   Digital Artist
Beautiful work! :love:
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